Thirty-four years ago this month, a student with a freshly acquired degree in Criminal Justice from Middle Tennessee State University walked into my campus ministry office. He had planned on following in his dad’s footsteps and become a police detective. Experiences in the months leading up to his graduation brought a change of heart, however. As a result, he came saying he wanted to pursue work in vocational ministry.
Events transpiring in this young man’s life between May 1988 and the present make an interesting story about discipleship and disciple making. His story spreads from Murfreesboro to Seattle and from Seattle to Budapest, Hungary.
Paul Henderson, the kid from Smyrna, Tennessee who once thought he would be tracking down “bad guys” as a police detective, wound up on a church planting team that moved to Budapest, Hungary in 1990. Thirty-two years later, he is the only member of the original team of 13 men and women who remains in Hungary. He now leads a church of nearly three hundred members there.
It happens that Paul is on furlough and back in Tennessee this month. I’ve asked him to speak at our first meeting of “Fishermans Wharf” this coming Monday, May 16th.
In case you missed seeing the initial invitation to join us for a brown-bag lunch next Monday at Green House Ministries, I’ve pasted in details below. Please join us for this first gathering as we encourage one another and try to keep disciple making on the “front burner.”
Hope to see you at 11:30 A.M. on May 16 at 307 South Academy Street, Murfreesboro!
Mike Stroud, The Timothy Network
P.S. Please park in the rear lot behind the new Green House Ministries facility.